The crawl archive for April 2018 is now available! The archive is located in the commoncrawl bucket at crawl-data/CC-MAIN-2018-17/. It contains 3.1 billion web pages and 230 TiB of uncompressed content, crawled between April 19th and 27th.
The April crawl contains 625 million new URLs, not contained in any crawl archive before. New URLs are “mined” by
- extracting and sampling URLs from
- sitemaps if provided by any of the highest-ranking 100 million hosts taken from the Nov/Dec/Jan 2017/2018 webgraph data set
- RSS and Atom feeds (random sample of 1 million feeds taken from the March crawl data)
- a breadth-first side crawl within a maximum of 4 links (“hops”) away from the home pages of the top 40 million hosts or top 40 million domains of the webgraph dataset
- a random sample taken from WAT files of the March crawl
We took actions to reduce the amount of images unintentionally crawled: Although our crawler is focused to fetch HTML pages, there has always been a small amount (1-2%) of other document formats. We accept these – it's a part of the web and these WARC records are useful to gain insights, e.g. to test PDF or Office document parsers at scale.
However, because image links contained in sitemaps haven't properly filtered out, the amount of images has grown during the last time and reached 2% in March 2018.
As a result of filtering image links from sitemaps, the amount of images now has dropped to approx. 0.5%, cf. the MIME type statistics of the latest three monthly crawls.
To assist with exploring and using the dataset, we provide gzipped files which list all segments, WARC, WAT and WET files.
By simply adding either s3://commoncrawl/ or https://data.commoncrawl.org/ to each line, you end up with the S3 and HTTP paths respectively.
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